This Week in Mike

So I managed to “find” a copy of the new NIN album and I have to say, I’m completely blown away. I haven’t been able to stop listening to it and I think I’ve gone through the whole album about 8 times already.

Although it is way to early to be making this call, I feel that this album is waaaaay more interesting than With Teeth. The lyrics of each song tell the story of the future (circa 2022?) when the society we know today begins to finally collapse upon itself. On top of that, the music ranges from being stripped down and simple to complex layers of noise tempered into music. The song Vessel evokes the same smile from me as listening to the last minute of Closer. Capital G evokes Manson’s Dope Show and I wouldn’t be surprised to hear it on the radio as a 3rd single. The Good Soldier is quickly becoming one of my favorite NIN tracks with it’s smooth laid back beat and wicked instrumentation. NIN + xylophone = ?… I’m liking where this is going!

Anyways, this Friday Jo and I take possession of our new place. We can’t wait to get in and plan where everything is going to go and get started on some simple painting. We aren’t going to move in until we get back from Europe which is coming up quick. We leave on April 28th and spend 2 weeks in London and Paris followed by a week in Toronto to see Jo’s brother’s family and my buddy Craig and his wife Naomi.

Work has been more of the same lately. We are just finishing up bugs at this point on the phone and everything *knock on wood* seems to be working well. There are some new projects coming down the pipe now and it will be nice to move onto something new.

Anyways, gotta wake up now.


Year Zero tracks leak

So I now have heard three of the 16 new tracks to be released in April on the new NIN album, Year Zero. You can check out two of them, Survivalism, and My Violent Heart at NIN’s MySpace page.

My Violent Heart feels like a revamped version of Burn with a slower pace but a similar quiet/loud song structure. The distorted chorus is intense, but I would prefer to have a bigger showing of guitars and live drums than just synth bleeps and bloops.

Survivalism is a great track with odd phrasing in the verses and a driving chorus. I don’t know if it has strong replayability, but I found that I couldn’t get it out of my head all week so it’s probably a good choice for a lead single.

Me, I’m Not is something of an oddity. It’s as if Trent spent the day with Massive Attack and then went straight to the studio. It feels similar to Even Deeper from the Fragile to give you a reference. I think some people will have trouble with the chorus but it is much easier to take than the title track of With Teeth (which I did like regardless). There’s a sound that plays at about 4:28 for 2 seconds that reminds me of going to the dentist. Shudder… Creeps me out every time!

In general, I think this is a good start and feels about the same as the leaks from With Teeth in terms of diversity. I’m just hoping that there will be some freaking wicked tracks left to surprise me on the album like “All the Love in the World” did on my first listen to With Teeth.

New Music to Check Out

Hey all,

So my iPod has been busy lately spinning out some new tracks that deserve more attention than they have received.

TV On The Radio: Return to Cookie Mountain
TV on the Radio is probably one of the most unique sounding artists I’ve listened to in the last few years. 10 seconds into “I was a lover” I knew this was something special… and completely fresh. “Wolf like Me” is easily in my top ten song list right now. Stellar.
Bloc Party: A Weekend in the City
Bloc Party burst onto the scene with their previous release, Silent Alarm. I would say that they had a few tracks on it that blew my mind, then a bunch that were OK. This time out, they put on their game faces and deliver the album they wanted to make the first time. Start to finish, this album is phenomenal. Check out “The Prayer” and “Uniform” for proof.

Klaxons: Myths of the Near Future
Spin mentioned that these guys were “rave-punk” but I fail to see that. I would just call this awesome. If you need something to get your blood pumping in the morning throw this in your player and see if you still have a pulse. I haven’t had the pleasure of being so hooked to a new band so completely in a long time. Very impressive. Can’t wait to get more. Listen to “Golden Skans” and “Two Receivers” for a good taste.

I’ll post more when I get a chance. Try and check these out if you can. Very worth the time.